Who needs Rome when you have Rescued Sea Turtles?

Reed may have made it to Rome without me, but I still found a coliseum!

Reed may have made it to Rome without me, but I still found a coliseum!

This caption is only the least bit clever, if you caught a previous (very short) post a couple of months ago.  Please, by all means, you must click here.

Rovinj is a great place for a Croatian vacation because there are so many cool towns within driving distance.  On our first day, Dad took us to Porec, where they have an old Roman coliseum and an aquarium housed in an 1815 Austrian fort.  The following is a recount of our day in the beautiful sea-side town of  Porec…

mom and Eliot in this Roman Colliseum

Mom and Eliot in this Roman Coliseum

Eliot growling like the lion of the coliseum

Eliot growling with G-pa like the lion of the coliseum

Can't quite get enough of my only coliseum, Eliot digged it too...

Can’t quite get enough of my only coliseum, Eliot digged it too…

After our Roman experience, we headed to the aquarium which is a two-for-one deal, since it is housed in an old fort.  The Austrian’s occupied this territory in the 19th century…(they seem like such NICE people to be taking over a whole territory like that, eh?!!)

This octopus put on a great show...

This octopus put on a great show…

But, Eliot's favorite where these high-energy eels.

But, Eliot’s favorite were these high-energy eels.

But, the highlight of the aquarium is the rescued sea turtles.  They bring them here for rehabilitation when they are found in fisherman’s nets…

Nola, the rescued sea turtle.

Nola, the rescued sea turtle with such wise and ancient  eyes…

Levisons, I am not lying… that was her name 🙂

Outside of aquarium looks more like a prison. The inside is sparse, but fun knowing it is an old fort.

Outside of aquarium looks more like a prison. The inside is sparse, but fun knowing it is an old fort.

From the top of the fort, cool views of the mediterranean and Porec.

From the top of the fort, cool views of the Mediterranean and Porec.

But, let’s squeeze in ONE more historical sight,  and that is….a prehistoric town which houses a CROATIAN CASTLE!  The abandoned town of  Dvigrad houses old ruins of a castle from the 14th century.

Perhaps we should have named this blog 'Da Castles in Europe...'

Perhaps we should have named this blog ‘Da Castles in Europe…’

Grandparents and castles, could he be happier?

Grandparents and castles, could he be happier?

One more pic of this old relic, cuz it is just that cool.  The castle is pretty good too, eh Dad?

One more pic of this old relic, cuz it is just that cool. The castle is pretty good too, eh Dad?

Further on down the endless mountainous drive, we pass the "Montana Bar."  Um, really???

Further on down the endless mountainous drive, we pass the “Montana Bar.” Um, really???

It is a “Night Bar!”  (?????)

Yours in Croatian castles and coliseums, Kim

Yours in Croatian castles and coliseums, Kim

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